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We now have over 600 registrants and a quorum in both houses!
Young Adult Worship Service!
Baptism on the Beach!
Bible Study Tuesday through Friday!
Global Justice Day on Thursday, with speakers and challenging workshops with MCCers and partners from around the world!
The Be A Gem campaign underway. Click here to find how YOU can Be a Gem!
Airfare deals are happening – take advantage of the deals that are popping up each day.
Click here to check out the latest issue of imagination – The Offical Newsletter of General Conference 2010
MCC’s Leadership Mentoring Retreat
Our faculty for this event includes: Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson – Church of the Trinity MCC, Sarasota, FL, Rev. Elder Don Eastman – Sunshine Cathedral MCC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rev. Robert Griffin – Sunshine Cathedral MCC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rev. Tania Guzman – ICM Dominican Republic and Mr. Stan Kimer – St. John’s MCC, Raleigh, NC.
This is the first one ever and is being held next week, at the DaySpring Retreat Center in Florida.
There were 17 participants selected out of 62 applicants, please pray for this exciting gathering!
MCC LEADERSHIP MENTORING RETREAT ATTENDEES
Kharma Amos – MCC of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA
Kathy Beasley – Joy MCC, Orlando, FL
Belva Boon – St. John’s MCC, Raleigh, NC
Woody Camacho – MCC San Jose, San Jose, CA
Edgard Danielson-Morales – MCC New York, New York, NY
DeWayne Davis – MCC Washington, Washington, DC
Kevin Downer – achurch4all, MCC, Chicago, IL
Sharon Ferguson – MCC North London, London, UK
Jochen Gewecke – Salz der Erde MCC, Stuttgart, Germany
Lisa Heilig – Church of the Trinity MCC, Sarasota, FL
Brianna Johnston – MCC Hartford, Hartford, CT
Kevin Marik – MCC Omaha, Omaha, NE
Nancy Maxwell – MCC of Topeka, Topeka, KS
Wesley Mullins – Pike’s Peak MCC, Colorado Springs, CO
Kareem Murphy – MCC Washington, Washington, DC
Sara Sills – Cornerstone MCC, Mobile, AL
Neil Thomas – MCC Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
MCC Leaders In Motion
Prayer Request – Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Rev. Pat Bumgardner are in Africa, meeting with our churches, pastors and human rights activists.
– Rev. Diane and Rev. Pat will be meeting with MCC leadership in Africa, to begin developing a long range strategy for MCC’s mission and growth that is sustainable, realistic, and utilizes the strengths and gifts of MCC in Africa.
– Begin exploring ways to connect with churches, leaders, conduct an ordination, offer training and encouragement.
– Meet with LGBT partners and human rights organization, to create a plan with Global Justice and The Region to provide resources to local churches and emerging ministries as they engage the enormous human rights challenges of our community in Africa.
REVM 2010 began this week with 15 participants, in Marble Falls, Texas. Please hold those studying for MCC ordination in your hearts and prayers.
What’s the Word?
Click here to check out the latest sermons from the MCC Moderator.
General Conference Updates
Click here to get the latest updates on MCC General Conference 2010
From the Desk of the MCC Vice Moderator, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
O God, our help in ages past; Haiti’s hope for years to come!
Nine days ago, an earthquake tore down the walls of Haiti. People of goodwill around the world, including the congregations of Metropolitan Community Churches, have responded with generosity to the growing needs. Yet the reality is that even more is asked of us to build up hope for our Haitian brothers and sisters.
We must pray more fervently for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones and for full recovery of their crumbled lives. But let us not stop there. We also must put action to our prayers. Donate more generously so that disaster relief can be immediately provided. Advocate more strongly for the U.S. and other governments to do all that they can to send support to Haiti and to receive Haitian survivors. Our prayers, donations, and advocacy can make all of the difference for the people of Haiti.
As you know, MCC and The Fellowship have been collaborating around projects like these over the last few years. This week, Bishop Flunder let us know what the United Church of Christ is doing, in conjunction with Church World Service to help Haiti. These resources may helpful for MCC churches to participate in an uncover even more ways to be that very present help in Haiti’s time of need. If you have already donated to this effort, know that we that thank you for your generosity. If you have not yet had an opportunity to give, let today be the day that you choose to become a difference maker as we work together to help meet the growing need.
Now is the time for us to stand together, pray together and hold up the light of hope!
Peace and Possibilities,
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Vice Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Thanks to YOUR generosity, MCC has received over $15,000 (USD) in donations.
Here are just a few ways that the people of Haiti can still use your help…
PRAY –God is surely grieving and weeping with all those who have lost loved ones. As the body of Christ we are called to reach out with help and prayers. Click here to find worship resources that have been posted to the UCC website. Great ideas if you are considering creating your own worship resource! Click here to pray with us.
DONATE – Generosity at levels is what can make the greatest impact. So please encourage your friends, family members of your local congregations and communities to be very generous in responding to this effort. The advantage of giving through Metropolitan Community Churches is that there are no service fees and every dollar you donate will go directly to improve the lives of our people in and around Haiti. Click here to become an MCC difference maker.
ASSEMBLE KITS –Hygiene and Baby Kits are urgently needed to help the survivors in Haiti. This is one very concrete and “hands-on” thing that church groups can do. Church World Service has issued an urgent call for Gift of the Heart Kits. Click here to learn more!
ADVOCATE– We are joining our ecumenical partners and asking that we continue to raise this issue with our US government officials for “temporary protected status” for undocumented Haitians now in the United States since it would place severe burdens on them and the government of Haiti to send them back to Haiti at this point. We are heartened that President Obama has ordered that this be done, but many are trying to undo this action so we need to continue to be vigilant around this issue. Click here to find out how to add your voice to the conversation.
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